The diary of a sales woman: Part 2

Hey guys!

Like I said from the beginning, I want to share all parts of my Younique sales journey with you. This blog is not to just promote different products and share my thoughts, tips, and tricks on makeup and skin care — it’s also meant to provide more insight into what it’s like to work for a multi-level marketing company.

I’m sure many of you have plenty of opinions and preconceived notions of what it means to work in a multi-level marketing company. As I mentioned in my first blog post, I used to have a pretty bad taste in my mouth whenever I heard that word, too. Multi-level marketing companies can be commonly misconstrued as “pyramid schemes” for people who want to “get-rich-quick.”

Thankfully, that hasn’t been my experience at all.

It’s true that I’m on a team with other Younique salespeople. My Younique sponsor, Haley, is a girl I went to elementary, middle, and high school with. We also used to take dance class together.

Sidebar: Some of you may already know this, but my dance career dates back to 1994. Please refer to this picture of me from my first ever recital. I was a fairy. You’re welcome.

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Anyway, back to Younique. There is what’s called an “up line” — essentially my sponsor, and her sponsor, and her sponsor, and her sponsor, etc. There are Facebook groups for each team and the team leaders post daily with encouraging quotes, sales tips and tricks, corporate news, and more. Everything is always positive and encouraging. Even if I wasn’t interested in selling Younique and I was just on a team purely for the makeup discounts, I would probably still enjoy being part of these Facebook groups. Its fun to see people cheering for each other and I do love a good inspirational quote every now and then.

As a Younique presenter, I’m required to sell $125 worth of makeup every 3 months to stay “active”. Honestly, that’s not much more than I spend on makeup anyway. Plus I make a portion of that back in commission.

To hit my next “promotion,” I have to sell $1000 worth of makeup. At first, that seemed daunting. However, I’ve already made $400 in sales ($80 in commission, 10% of which has gone to the Younique Foundation), and I’ve only been selling for 12 days! (Shoutout: I do want to extend a huge thank you to the people who have purchased and supported me so far — you guys are the best and I’m really excited for you to try your new products!)

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Punta Cana (I want to go here!)

My goal is to hit my next promotion this month and strive for a bit more — if I sell $2000 worth of makeup in my first 90 days with Younique, I get the commission plus $250 worth of free makeup plus a ton of points towards a free trip to Punta Cana. That’s definitely something worth working towards! I also hope to add someone (or someones) to my own personal team!

So what have I learned so far?

  • I really enjoy sales. I had a hunch I would like this stuff just because I work in sales and marketing, and I guess I was right. I especially like sales because you’re competing against yourself, and you’re competing alongside your team. It’s fun, collaborative, and rewarding. I am also easily incentivized by commission and what sales people call “spiffs” — learn more here.
  • It’s really fun to do Facebook Live! I was nervous about doing these at first because I felt kind of silly, but people have been so encouraging and kind. It’s really cool to see people joining my videos and I love when people post comments and ask questions. I’ve also had several people tell me that the videos are really helpful with their day-to-day makeup routines which is exactly what I’m going for.
  • It’s nice to have a new hobby. I am still keeping up with my crafting, crocheting, and sewing, but it’s fun to change things up and channel my sales, marketing, and makeup passions into a new pastime.
  • Other Younique presenters are really, really nice. The company’s motto is to “uplift, empower, and validate other women,” and I feel like I see that on a daily basis. People are constantly celebrating others — it’s a REALLY refreshing use of social media!

To sum it all up, I’ve had a very positive experience so far and I’m excited to keep building my business!

Do you have any other questions about Younique, multi-level marketing companies, or makeup? Interested in joining my team? Leave a note in the comments section below!

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